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Battleship USS Iowa BB-61

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Address: 250 S Harbor Blvd., San Pedro, Los Angeles, CA 90733
Phone Number: 877-446-9261
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Experience the Battleship of Presidents - USS Iowa. Explore the West...

Experience the Battleship of Presidents - USS Iowa. Explore the West Coast's only Battleship - USS Iowa. An adventure on board takes you on a memorable family experience through World War II, Korean War, and Cold War; following in footsteps of sailors that lived on the most powerful warship built to date. Visitors tour six decks of wood & steel and numerous exhibits on the Battleship that hosted three U.S. Presidents during her service as a symbol of democracy. The USS Iowa is located at the L.A. Waterfront, former home to the US Navy Battleship fleet and an area rich in Maritime History. Battleship IOWA hosts fun seasonal events throughout the year such as the Memorial Day Festival, Independence Day Celebration, Veterans Appreciation Day & more! The IOWA also offers private guided & group tours, school field trips, corporate outings and special event venues. Battleship IOWA is open everyday (except Thanksgiving & Christmas) from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, with the last boarding and ticket sales at 4:00 pm.

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Tour An Amazing WWII Battleship

You do not have to be a veteran or history buff to enjoy touring the USS Iowa. The fully restored ship is a remarkable example of America's military might and would be intriguing... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Pleasant View, Tennessee

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Pleasant View, Tennessee
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

You do not have to be a veteran or history buff to enjoy touring the USS Iowa. The fully restored ship is a remarkable example of America's military might and would be intriguing to young and old alike. The Iowa has a rich and colorful history going back to its launch during World War II. After its final decommissioning at... More 

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New Westminster, Canada
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205 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We went here one sunny Sunday afternoon and really enjoyed the visit. As you scramble around the shop, on the deck, below decks and up and down the ladders, you get a real sense of the ship and its history. The helpful and friendly docents help fill in the gaps and answer any questions. A great way to spend a... More 

Thank Boh_1
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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629 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 429 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The USS Iowa is an Iowa class WWII battleship and is permanently docked on the San Pedro waterfront inside of the large, Los Angeles Port. The ship is permanently docked next to the Princess and Norwegian Cruise terminals. This ship was commissioned in February 1943 and went on to serve in both the Atlantic and Pacific Theatres. At the end... More 

Thank rockyjoe
Kariong, Australia
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9 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful morning out, walking tour across the boat, with very friendly volunteer US service staff, who were fascinating to talk too. If history is your thing, this is a must see and do :)

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Hinton, Alberta, Canada
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A trip back in time. This ship was launched in 1942, some 74 years ago. While walking around the exhibit, you can imagine life aboard ship. The volunteers working there were happy to answer questions. Video displays were interesting as was the USS Iowa app that could be downloaded. I have always been interested in the history of naval warfare... More 

Thank Glenn A
Cleveland, Ohio
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38 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went here with my husband and his aunt and while it was nice, I was kind of bored. If you are interested in battleships and war then this is for you. My husband loved it and thought it was the best part of the trip. There certainly was a lot to see and guide around every turn to explain... More 

Thank rand0mgirl
Sun Lakes, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wife and I both enjoyed this visit a LOT!! While still at the beginning a docent showed us a seal sunning itself on the float next to the ship. Only real complaint was a little difficult to see the films with the sun so bright. Lots of benches scattered around for temporary rest spots. Got to meet one of the... More 

Thank Richard F
Los Angeles, California
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9 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Iowa foundation continues to add and improve the exhibits and its work becoming a member. Easy access to parking but the ship is not accessible as it's a battleship. The wood deck, the size of the guns, turrets, everything is huge. Climbing down original steps means wearing appropriate shoes. Retired Navy personnel add a colorful twist to information given.... More 

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Eldridge, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited on the Iowa Hawkeye rally day and it was packed with people. It was a gorgeous day and the Iowa fans came out in huge numbers. I would love to return and tour the ship. Three hundred people can tour the ship at a time, and the line was a two hour wait. We would have loved to... More 

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Waterloo, Ia
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160 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The power was out the day we were there, but that didn't deter us. We are from Iowa and were admitted free. The tour guide that accompanied us was very knowledgeable of the ship. Well worth the visit.


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